Sunday, October 24

An immense tide of lava rises again from the new volcano of La Palma

The volcano seemed to have fallen asleep this Monday, but this afternoon it has charged with more force until causing an immense tide of lava that advances at high speed, charging against homes and crops in its path. Starting at 8:00 a.m., strombolian explosions ceased to be recorded in the center of the La Palma eruption, and magma and ash emissions ceased for a few hours. The Geological Mining Institute of Spain (IGME) found that the volcano had entered a resting phase. However, the calm did not last long. At around 7:30 p.m., the main cone reactivated and again expelled lava, generating a wide river of flames that flows from the main cone towards Todoque, passing through the El Paraíso neighborhood.

So far, the wash remains one kilometer off the coast of Tazacorte. Given the forecast that the lava will reach the sea in the next few hours, the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) has ordered the confinement of the 300 residents of four neighborhoods of this municipality: San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Countess. The technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, pointed out that the purpose of this isolation is to protect the population from the risk of explosions or vaporizations after the contact of the lava with the ocean and to prevent the public from being exposed to gases such as hydrochloric acid. that would affect the bronchi and the eyes. Another recommendation made to the residents of Tazacorte is to keep the doors and windows of the houses closed.

Morcuende explained that the laundry that advanced this Sunday quickly on Todoque has been divided into two “fingers.” One of them has run into a slope and “it is foreseeable” that it will end up joining the other, which is moving south of the Todoque mountain. The mayor of Tazacorte, Juan Miguel Rodríguez, explained in Canary TV that this steep slope could accelerate your pace toward the ocean. In addition, he has pointed out that along the way it could affect about a hundred homes and also banana plantations. Rodríguez has assured that the images of this eighth night of explosions have “overwhelmed” him, since after the break this morning he had some hope. “We are very cautious about the behavior of this volcano, which seems to be cooling down but is once again loaded with blankets of lava,” insisted the mayor.

During this morning, the seismic activity was moving from the eruption zone towards the south. In Fuencaliente, 16 earthquakes were located, which coincided with an apparent pattern in the Cumbre Vieja volcano and a significant fall of the volcanic tremor, according to the National Geographic Institute (IGN).

Although, according to scientists, the evolution of the volcano is “normal” in those of the Strombolian type, characterized by having moments of continuity and discontinuity. In these eight days of eruption, the volcano has emitted 46.3 million cubic meters of magmatic material. In this way, it has exceeded the 43.01 million registered in the 24 days of Teneguía (1971) issues in one week.

About 5,600 people remain evacuated. In the military barracks of El Fuerte, there are no longer any people housed, although it continues to be a space for first affiliation and referrals. Some 160 people are being welcomed at the Fuencaliente hotel and others have chosen to go to second homes or to family homes. As for the teaching activity, the Ministry of Education plans to restart classes next week. At the moment, 132 students from schools that have been affected by the volcano will be relocated to the old Acerina school.

The spokesman for the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, pointed out this Monday that there are no longer supply problems on La Palma thanks to the donations of clothes, toys and money made by the population of the Archipelago and other Autonomous Communities. According to Pérez, now “the important thing” is to focus efforts “towards reconstruction as soon as possible.” Meanwhile, the extensive security device deployed on La Palma will remain “with the same intensity” for the duration of the eruption.

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